Friday, April 5, 2013

After the day is done…

Joining in today with Five Minute Friday and today’s word is AFTER


After the day is done and I look back at all the things I did, or had to do, was it pleasing to God or was it pleasing to my family or to me?

In the midst of doing going to the grocery store, laundry, playing with the turtle we’re ‘babysitting’, making chili on a cold, rain/sleet/snowy April afternoon, building a fort out of blankets, working on a project deadline, and watching Duck Dynasty with the family…did I do OK? 

Were there moments when I grabbed hold of life-giving and life-encouraging opportunities or was I more concerned about the things I had on the to-do list in my mind (and on paper!)?

Did I help someone in need?  Did I take the time to just.listen. to my son as he tells me again the details of yesterday’s soccer practice?  Did I compliment my husband?  Did I snuggy with my daughter and wrap my arms around her like she loves to do?    Did I talk with God?   Did I remember, just 5 days ago, Jesus’ resurrection and the start of new life?


How easy it is to let those simple - yet essential – practices of love from the heart get smothered under the heap of “things” that I think I must get done.  So, I’m going to try at the end of the day, to look back and see if I shared, gave, or did those little things that show joy and give love.  And I need to see the places I could’ve done a lot better…and remember the grace that covers it all and that tomorrow is a new day.



  1. Beth,
    I love this thought - after the day is done, was it pleasing to God? Such an important reminder that I needed ... I am thankful that you were the person right before me. So I could get the focus I need. Have a great weekend!

    1. I'm thankful we were "beside" each other, too! I loved reading your FMF and the fun memories you had at The After. We thank God for fun memories, don't we? Thanks for writing in and your words...have a good weekend, too!

  2. I'm so grateful that tomorrow is another day and that there is grace for today too. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a great Friday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, too, and for your comment! May God bless you!

  3. Dear Beth
    I don't think it is a matter of doing better! Just be authentic and yourself and those around you will feel the love in your heart!
    Much love

    1. Thank you, Mia! It's always a gift to be encouraged by others! I hope you have a great weekend!